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  • GDPR sparks 33% increase in advisers registering for secure email

    7 May 2018

    Growing data security awareness in the lead up to GDPR has seen advisers and their staff signing up to Origo’s Unipass Securemail service rise to 2,000 new registrations per month in March and April, a 33% rise on the normal number of sign-ups, the Fintech said.  Origo said the encrypted email service is provided free to...

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  • Defaqto publishes independent analysis of workplace pension schemes default funds

    7 May 2018

    Defaqto has published its workplace pension schemes default funds. The purpose of the guide, which is now in its second year, is to provide independent analysis of the workplace pension schemes available and their default funds, Defaqto said.  All workplace pension providers known to the financial information group were asked to contribute to the...

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  • FE Transmission adds Walker Crips model portfolio data

    3 May 2018

    Walker Crips ALPHA : r² model portfolios have been added to FE Transmission, enabling adviser firms to assess the portfolios’ asset allocation and performance through FE Analytics. FE Transmission launched in 2016 to provide a transparent means of comparing and analysing model portfolios. Subscribers can now incorporate the ALPHA : r² portfolios into their...

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  • Increase in early retirees, who are taking a hit on their income

    3 May 2018

    Nearly two thirds (60%) of those stopping work this year will do so before their state pension age or company pension retirement date, but it could hit their annual finances by over £3,000 according to a study by Prudential. The life assurer’s annual study, Class of 2018, found those planning on retiring early could...

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  • Further consolidation in SIPP market expected

    3 May 2018

    Financial advisers believe consolidation in the SIPP market will continue, according to a new survey by Dentons Pension Management. The survey of 55 advisers attending Denton’s Annual Seminar in March, found 85% believe the number of SIPP operators will reduce, with potentially a further five or more being consolidated. However, the results showed it...

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  • Technical: Property purchase via SIPP or personal pension cash?

    2 May 2018

    Should a client move their personal pension to a SIPP in order to purchase a property or simply withdraw the cash to do so? Jessica List, pension technical manager, Curtis Banks Group, explores both options Property is a hugely popular investment, with many investors preferring the idea of physical, tangible assets. Since the pension...

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  • Correction in UK commercial property market ‘unlikely’

    2 May 2018

    A major correction in the UK commercial property market is unlikely this year thanks to solid fundamentals and a realisation that Brexit will not herald another financial crisis, Kames Capital believes. Phil Clark, head of Property Investment at Kames, says the market remains in good health despite the ongoing uncertainty over Brexit, with net...

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  • How human instincts hurt us as investors

    1 May 2018

    Jamie Evans, business development manager flags some tell-tale signs and how to steer clients away from them. The bull run is now the third longest since 1945, but the recent market turbulence has put many investors on edge, asking if this is the beginning of its end. However, when you step back and look...

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